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Reducing School Exclusions: Schools Week highlights our recommendations

Our recent submission to Parliament’s Education Select Committee’s enquiry on school exclusions was highlighted in Schools Week. Vulnerable pupils can be difficult to support in mainstream schools and too often schools feel they have little alternative but to exclude them, particularly at times when waiting lists for mental health referrals can stretch to 18 months. …

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The Difference: Pupil Exclusion and Alternative Provision

Classroom teachers should not be alone and unsupported in making the difference to pupils at risk of exclusion. A new report is out today, launching “The Difference”, a new programme to place mainstream teachers in Alternative Provision where they will receive support and development so they can better support the most vulnerable young people in …

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Pupil behaviour: Inclusion or exclusion units – naughty or troubled?

Around the country, schools-within-schools, educate or guard the challenged and challenging. Sometimes they’re called ‘inclusion units’, sometimes ‘exclusion units’, sometimes more zappily ‘learning zones’. In one school I knew (let’s call it Oakwood), it was across the road, staffed by teachers considered hard-core enough to manage the toughest of the tough. I’ve often discussed with …

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